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What constitutes theft in Tennessee?

Most Tennesseans have a feel for what constitutes theft. To these individuals, it is merely taking something that doesn't belong to you. However, the law is much more nuanced. This means that it is more difficult for prosecutors to prove that theft has occurred, as they must prove every element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. Oftentimes this leaves open the opportunity to utilize certain criminal defense techniques that may result in either lesser penalties or,perhaps an acquittal.

Nashville case illustrates perpetrator identification issues

Prosecutors have many techniques that they can utilize in an attempt to obtain a criminal conviction. They often turn to witness accounts as well as physical evidence, such as fingerprints and DNA, to build their case. Although this evidence may seem extremely damaging to a defendant, there may be criminal defense options available to him or her, depending on the circumstances. This is often the case when the police overstep their roles and act inappropriately in their investigations.

Understanding the right to remain silent

The criminal law system exists to punish those who are deemed guilty of having committed specified criminal offenses. Yet, the law also seeks to balance the interest in public safety with the protection of governmental overreach. Therefore, laws related to searches and seizures, suspect interviews and even the rules of evidence seek to ensure fairness. When a criminal defendant's rights are violated, he or she may be in a difficult position facing severe penalties that may include prison, fines and damage to his or her reputation. Therefore, it is critical that individuals know their rights and how best to protect them.

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